The Vampire Diaries Review: Original Exposition
It was another history lesson on this week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries. With serious light now shed on the mysterious cave hieroglyphics underneath the Lockwood estate a barrage of new revelations have come out that will likely change everything. Resident historian, Alaric, has taken up this investigation and in the time between this week and last week has already figured out that the carvings were made by none other than Klaus and Rebekah. Oh, and also their father, Mikael.
And that’s not just the coincidence of a common name. This is the exact same Mikael (Sebastian Roche) who they fear as the vampire hunter out to kill them! Unfortunately, the excitement of this episode mostly ends there as the rest of it became an endless stream of exposition setting the stage for what will surely be a wild next few episodes.
Elena gets the storytelling ball rolling by approaching one of the direct sources – Rebekah. She is at first resilient to Elena’s questioning but starts to open up in a big way as soon as Elena threatens to bring Mikael into the picture.
What we learn from Rebekah is that her happy family moved to America before it was even discovered based on the rumor that people were stronger and healthier here. That may have been so, but it was because those people were all werewolves. This proved to make their new homestead a dangerous place to live so in an effort to protect themselves they asked a witch to give them special powers. That particular witch refused so their mother, the original witch (Alice Evans) stepped up and turned them into the very first vampires.
They learned about the side effects of being vamps and found some things that can hurt them including the white oak tree so they burned that down and learned to adapt to other problems with magic rings and such. But they had some major family issues beyond that too. Turns out that Mama Witch was sleeping with one of the local werewolf boys and thus made him into the half breed he is today. Papa Mikael eventually figured this out and killed Mama Witch thus turning the children (including Elijah) against him and pledging unity to each other.
This is all sounds legit to Elena until she reconvenes with Alaric in the caves and deciphers the drawings to see that it was actually Klaus who killed Mama Witch! Elena presents this evidence to Rebekah who initially freaks out and refuses to believe it but by the end seems to come around and could even be a new ally for our heroes against Klaus. In other words, she’ll probably die next week.
Meanwhile, Damon has taken up the task to find Mikael and starts by setting Stefan free from his rehab chamber. They then proceed to a honky-tonk bar where they binge on whiskey and the blood of blonde girls until Mikael shows up. As expected, Papa Mikael is still determined to find and kill Klaus so when Stefan doesn’t initially give up Klaus’s new location he threatens to rip out Damon’s heart. It takes awhile and gets down to the wire but Stefan eventually complies to save his brother and promises Mikael that he can get Klaus back to Mystic Falls.
The episode then more or less wraps up with Stefan and Damon getting into a little brotherly tussle over Damon’s motivations to save Stefan followed by Damon sharing a quiet moment with Elena in bed. Its kind of cute – they talk about their day and all of the new supernatural shit they’ve been through, but Elena just can’t keep her little eyes open so she passes out and we assume they spend the night together. All together now: “Awwwww!”
And that’s really all she wrote. This was clearly just an episode meant to throw a lot of information our way and get us prepared for some wild goings-on next week. Let’s hope it delivers! But until then post your predictions below.
The Vampire Diaries: Season Three, Episode 8 “Ordinary People” (originally aired November 3, 2011)
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